Do you know the way to San Jose?

myhouseIt was a year ago today that I took the folks on a little sentimental journey, a trip across Atlanta, and why I chose traffic time to do it, I don’t know! We went by the church that my dad built with his own hands, on Defoor Avenue, then on to North Avenue to see the house we were, basically, raised in. I drove slowly in front of the house and the memories crowded fast and thick around me; the twig of a tree, my dad planted on his and mother’s 23rd wedding anniversary, now a giant Magnolia with shiny leaves, the window my brother nearly fell out of, my little sister hanging onto him for dear life, the badly wrecked car my brother had towed to our front yard instead of to a shop, I could almost see it sitting on the lawn. Then I remembered a Bride, and then three years later bringing home a new baby, all the old times in the first real home our family ever had. One day, as we stood in that yard, my grandfather, the Prophet, told my dad that the house we all loved was not our final home. He pointed in a SW direction and told him there were 13 acres there for him to build on and that was to be his home. That was not a Word that either my mother or I wanted to hear as we were ensconced in our comfortable surroundings and had moved enough in our lifetime, we thought. My dad, quite by “accident” was coming to visit a man in the area we now live and saw a For Sale sign on an old rusted gate, he contacted the owner, who was deep in a gambling debt and was willing to sell quick and at a good price, deal done! Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. It made me think of how God told Abraham to pick up his family and belongings and go. At least we did have a direction and the amount of acreage to help identify our place; Abraham left his home, entirely trusting God, for where his travels would take him. God made him a promise, a son, in his old age! At one hundred years old he had a son, Isaac! God asked the ultimate sacrifice of Abraham, he asked him to give Isaac back to Him by sacrificing him on the altar. Abraham was willing to do so, he bound Isaac on the altar and raised the knife, an angel stopped him and he heard the substitute, a Ram, caught by his horns in the nearby bushes. Because of his obedience, Abraham earned the title “Friend of God”. He had to look forward, God had something new for him, and it was to make him the Father of a mighty nation, Israel! We know what looking back cost the wife of Lot, feeling a little salty? You will never reach a new direction by driving while looking in the rear-view mirror; you will end up in the ditch! Just because your life has been filled with mistakes, it doesn’t mean you have to wallow in them! Psalm 34:18  If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Everyone has had the total breath knocked out of them at one time or other in the play yard, or on the ball field, then there was the time that someone kicked you in the emotional gut and left you standing breathless, not knowing what to do, or which way to turn. It is not a good feeling, been there, done that! You don’t have to be afraid, if He leads you to it, He will take you through it! Philippians 4:13 Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.  We didn’t quite make it to San Jose but we made it back to Mableton happy that the Lord had led us in this direction, where is He leading you?

5 Replies to “Do you know the way to San Jose?”

  1. I was in Roswell today and thought of all of you. Thank you for these continued, on-target good words. Are you sure you’re not a fly on my mental wall? Your blog addresses something I’ve dealt with practically every day.

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  2. We will know and the truth will set us free and free indeed we are. When you hear and you obey to do and the moment you hear that word you are in the will and what you are to learn to help with and to become a success in everything his journey has been planned for you to complete. Absolutely amazing wonderful and right. Thank you for your thoughts each day to us.

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  3. You continue to amaze me every time I turn this machine on. Where am I going? Well I passed San Jose some time back so it is not there. I know this rocking chair is not it either. I ask the Lord that question quite often. He tells me to trust Him & I shall see. One would think at 77 yrs old you would know these things but I don’t. He has taken me all over this country & it has been quite a ride. I guess all I can say is I am glad He is directing my steps (as long as I let Him). Where He leads me I am not sure but I know in my knower it will be a place of blessings. Thanks a lot. Yes, I do believe you have been a fly on my wall for sure. God bless you Sweet Lady.

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